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GP Week : Issue 231
uNDeR NeW MANAGeMeNT Daniel Ricciardo has reportedly signed a new management deal as he looks to build a commercial profile outside of the sport. His new management team has formerly worked with David Beckham. HOT PROPeRTY McLaren managed to salvage the gearboxes it thought it had lost during the Singapore Grand Prix. Souring temperatures were thought to have melted the internals, it certainly melted the sensors, but the team discovered they weren’t a total loss after all. PLeDGe OF ALLeGIANCe Alexander Rossi’s Manor sported a stars and stripes rear wing as the American celebrated his first grand prix on home soil. TOKeN eFFORT Renault spent 11 of its remaining development tokens ahead of the US Grand Prix, though neither Red Bull or Toro Rosso used the new engine. CALee'FORNIA Bernie Eccelstone told Sky Sports F1 he is looking at the west coast of the US for a second race, with Laguna Seca tipped by many as the likely venue, claiming the New Jersey race was all but dead in the water. 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news BrieFly Formula One could soon move to closed cockpit cars after the FIA revealed it is evaluating three different proposals set to be tested next month. Despite significant improvements in driver safety over recent decades, the driver's head has remained exposed and has become one of the biggest threats of serious injury for competitors. In August, Justin Wilson was struck on the head by debris during an IndyCar race at Pocono. Felipe Massa suffered a similar incident at Hungary in 2009 when he was struck by a spring which had fallen off Rubens Barrichello's Brawn, while Henry Surtees died after he was struck by an errant wheel during a Formula 2 race earlier that year. Speaking over the United States Grand Prix weekend, FIA safety director Laurent Mekies said: "We are trying to find concepts that can do the job, and we will find a way that can deal with the other matters. "We are scanning quite a broad range of solutions," he added. The FIA have already investigated a number of solutions, including a fighter jet style canopy and a roll hoop placed in front of the cockpit. The roll hoop proposal was tested on a GP2 car, without particularly favourable results. The three solutions being considered by the FIA are a revised version of the for ward roll hoop, the halo suggestion put for ward by Mercedes and a central roll hoop that extends from the front of the cockpit to the exiting roll hoop over the driver's head. Grand Prix Drivers Association chairman, Alex Wurz, has stated that the drivers support the FIA's investigation into the new design, claiming it had unanimous support. "100 percent of drivers are of the same opinion and have the same feeling and direction that we have to stick with the research and we have to accept it will take time. "The solutions must be safer and move F1 for ward," he added. "We don't want to introduce anything which is more negative or jeopardising. "We have seen solutions that are not pretty but first we need to work on the function, then we can work on the style." As the FIA is still only at the testing phase of development, the introduction of any revisions would be unlikely to occur before 2017. "We are at the research stage," Mekies explained, "we cannot make anything before 2017, it is not doable. "Probably something in 2017 could be introduced if we get good results. "If we don't get good results and we need a better solution then there will be a delay." FIA TO TEST cLOSED cOckPITS NExT MONTH